The No. 1 Mistake This Doctor Sees Patients Making When Taking CBD

mbg Senior Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Senior Sustainability Editor
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."
The Biggest Mistake This Doctor Sees Patients Making When Taking Hemp Products

The market for CBD continues to balloon: 86% of Americans have heard of the product, and 18% have tried it, according to a recent white paper by cannabis data company New Frontier. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, and it can be beneficial for managing stress, soothing aches and pains, and supporting healthy immune function.*

June Chin, D.O., an integrative doctor based in New York, is an early adopter of cannabinoid medicine. Over the years, she has seen more patients and fellow physicians show interest in the plant compounds—a trend she predicts will continue as the body of clinical research on cannabinoids expands.

At NYU Langone, for example, researchers are currently conducting clinical trials on how CBD could help relieve seizures and autism symptoms.* "As physicians, we're usually very conservative. We kind of follow this linear path and follow the herd—so when we see these big institutions getting money for this research, we start paying attention," Chin tells mbg.

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As more information comes out about the potential health benefits of cannabinoids, Chin hopes that more people start to experiment with them—with one caveat: "I always tell patients that it's not a miracle cure or the one thing that will help you," Chin says. "People think it's an all-or-nothing approach."

She adds that attempting to replace existing medication with cannabinoids can be problematic. "We can't just rip it out from under you because your body will experience changes that you might think are related to the cannabinoids but are actually withdrawal from the medication," she explains.

Instead, Chin recommends thinking of cannabinoid medicine as just another tool in your tool belt. Since it's so anti-inflammatory, she has seen it be helpful for a wide variety of health issues (chronic inflammation plays an underlying role in almost every disease).* Even if you don't have a particular problem to address, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence that it can be helpful for dealing with the stress of everyday life from a more calm, levelheaded place.* Here are a few of Chin's pro tips on how to use it effectively:

Chin's final recommendation is to buy from a brand you trust that is transparent about exactly what's in their product.

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The bottom line.

As more research is done on CBD and other cannabinoids, more people might want to incorporate it into their health routines. And that's great, as long as they do so safely. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are on any medications; look out for a trustworthy, transparent, and full-spectrum product; and incorporate cannabinoids into your routine gradually to reap their full effects.

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